Day 23 - John 5:1-9
Points to Ponder:
1.Jesus is back in Jerusalem. Why was he there?
2.What did he find there as he entered Jerusalem? Try to imagine what this looked like.
3.What is surprising about the way that this interaction with the lame man happened?
4.Who sought out who? Did the lame man seek out Jesus? Or was it the other way around? What does this teach you about Jesus?
One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” – John 5:5-6
Lord Jesus, you have such a deep care and concern for all people. This man was lying there and was an outcast in society. He was on the fringes. He had been lying there for 38 years. By now, people probably walked by didn’t notice anymore. He was part of the landscape of the Sheep Gate. But not Jesus. He didn’t walk by without noticing. In fact, Jesus did more than notice. He learned about this man and knew that he had been laid up for a long time and then he acted. Without any prompting from the man, Jesus intervened and helped him. Jesus, give me such a concern for people who are hurting. Keep me from putting on my blinders as I drive down the street or walk through the store. Help me to notice and then, when I’m able, intervene in the hearts and lives of the people who need it. That’s what you did for me. You noticed me, dead in my sins and lost eternally, and without me even asking for it, you intervened in my life. And I’m so glad you did. You intervened and saved me and now I’m an heir of eternity and a child of heaven. Help me to intervene in the lives of other people the way that you intervened in mine. Amen.